Jeffrey John Dixon
Publisher: McFarland (July 25, 2014)
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beginning with William Blake's misplaced portray the traditional Britons, this booklet exhibits how the visionary artist and poet remodeled the problem of Britain--the corpus of legends proposing another historical past of Britain--into his personal mythology. He hence provides to a convention of Arthurian epic began via Layamon within the thirteenth century and endured by means of Edmund Spenser within the sixteenth, within which a Romano-Celtic warlord turns into an icon of the English mind's eye. This e-book exhibits how Britain grew to become the promised land of a pagan goddess the place legendary occasions are as very important as these of heritage, and the way the determine of Arthur is reworked right into a British Messiah whose Christian realm is in non-stop interplay with the Otherworld of Faerie, an imagined position among the religious and the earthly. Arthur as perceived via Blake's imaginative and prescient is the earthly embodiment of the fallen Albion; this exploration of the mythic underpinnings of the English feel of nationhood finds an imaginitive recognition that hyperlinks us to "human lifestyles itself."